Steelville IL can see quite a bit of snow during the winter. If you have to travel, especially to places where the roads might not get cleared right away or not as often as in the city, you should have the proper winter tires for your vehicle. In some cases, all-season tires are enough – if they have enough tread. However, when you frequently travel to out-of-the-way places, you need true winter tires to keep you safe on snowy and icy roads.
Contact Mevert Automotive & Tire Center to make an appointment for winter tires or replace worn all-season tires on your vehicle.
The Difference Between Winter Tires and All-Season Tires
All-season tires are okay if you do most of your winter driving on city streets that are constantly cleared. Otherwise, you could find yourself sliding all over the roads and getting stranded in a ditch. Winter tires and all-season tires have two major differences – and they could mean life or death in frigid winter conditions.
- Rubber Compound: The rubber compound used in all-season tires hardens at higher temperatures than the rubber compound used in winter tires. Once the temperature reaches about 42 degrees Fahrenheit, the rubber in all-season tires starts to harden, which causes you to lose traction. The rubber compound used in winter tires gets softer as the temperatures drop, which increases traction.
- Tread Pattern: Most all-season tires have solid tread blocks with wide grooves. The tread is great for moving water away from the tires, but they do not have enough of a biting edge for ice, slush, and snow. Winter tires have tread sipes that have an edge that bites to move snow and slush away from the tires easily and to bite into slippery surfaces.
The Best Winter Tires in Steelville IL
Illinois does not allow metal studs for most vehicles. Thus, you must find the best winter tires that will help keep you on the road while driving in Steelville IL. Contact a mechanic at Mevert Automotive & Tire Center to order the best winter tires for your vehicle.
Bridgestone Blizzak WS90
Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires provide an excellent grip on icy roads. Bridgestone managed to find the perfect “recipe” for a rubber compound that is not too soft and not too hard. The WS90’s tread is more sculpted, which means that it evacuates water faster and has an excellent performance in the snow. Sizes range from 15 to 20 inches, and extra load tires are available. The tires perform very well on dry pavement, provide excellent braking on ice, and have a very good snow grip.
Michelin X-Ice Snow
Michelin’s X-Ice Snow tires feature an aggressive tread design with better traction in slush and snow and feature bigger side blocks for better cornering on snowy roads. They come in sizes from 14 to 22 inches. Extra load tires are available. They provide excellent braking on ice, a very good grip in the snow, and perform very well on dry pavement.
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3
Nokian’s Hakkapeliitta R3 tires are available for passenger cars and SUVs. They are versatile in winter conditions and have a short braking distance on slippery roads. The SUV tires come in sizes from 16 to 22 inches, and the car tires come in sizes from 14 to 21 inches. Both have extra load tires available, provide excellent ice braking, excellent snow grip, and perform very well on dry pavement.
Contact Mevert Automotive & Tire Center
Contact Mevert Automotive & Tire Center to schedule an appointment to buy winter tires in Steeleville IL, or replace worn all-season tires.